Meanings of home for older people

Tanner, Bronwyn, De Jonge, Desleigh, and Aplin, Tammy (2012) Meanings of home for older people. In: Smith, Susan J., Elsinga, Marja , Fox O’Mahony, Lorna , Seow Eng, Ong , Wachter, Susan , and Dowling, Robyn , (eds.) International Encyclopedia of Housing and Home. Elsevier, Oxford, UK, pp. 246-250.

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The home environment is acknowledged as being central to the lives of older people. Since it is where the majority of older people prefer to live and spend a great deal of their time, the meaning of home for an older person is integral to the experience of successful ageing. Ageing at home has been linked to older people's health and wellbeing and has become a cornerstone of aged care policy and service delivery in developed and developing countries. Drawing from the work of environmental psychology and gerontology, in this article we describe current understandings of the experience of home for older people. We will explore the various aspects of home as outlined in the literature, including the physical, personal, social, and temporal dimensions of the older person's experience of home.

Item ID: 22042
Item Type: Book Chapter (Reference)
ISBN: 978-0-08-047163-1
Keywords: ageing-in-place; meaning of home; personal home; person–environment transactions; physical home; social home; temporal home
Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2013 06:27
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1103 Clinical Sciences > 110321 Rehabilitation and Therapy (excl Physiotherapy) @ 40%
17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170102 Developmental Psychology and Ageing @ 40%
12 BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN > 1299 Other Built Environment and Design > 129999 Built Environment and Design not elsewhere classified @ 20%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920201 Allied Health Therapies (excl. Mental Health Services) @ 50%
94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940103 Ageing and Older People @ 50%
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